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Review: The Rides. Can’t Get Enough.

Mississippi is one of the greatest words to appear in the English and American dictionary but given a test most people don’t know how to spell it. Clever teachers use a spelling bee rhyming format which stay’s forever in the mind as just pronouncing the syllables conjures up the sounds and movements of this great American river. At her journeys end she flows into the Gulf of Mexico, along the way forging the home of Blues music, the Mississippi Delta. This natural Delta creates a background setting for Stephen Stills new album “Can’t Get Enough”, available in UK on...

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Rock Media: Carrivick Sisters New Album.

Identical twin sisters Charlotte and Laura Carrivick have grown up playing and writing music together; their unique style shows their strong Folk and Bluegrass influences without obscuring their English roots. Released on October 7, 2013, and produced and recorded by Joe Rusby, Over The Edge is the sisters’ 5th album of finely crafted songs and their best to date. The album demonstrates tight harmonies and a strong connection that only siblings can achieve. The multitalented duo perform their original songs on guitar, fiddle, mandolin, dobro and clawhammer banjo with clarity and skill. Both sisters have had varied musical influences...

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Rock Media: Steve Craddock 3rd Solo.

Album release: Travel Wild – Travel Free, by Steve Cradock Release date: 30 September Label: Proper Listen: on Steve Cradock website  Renowned guitarist Steve Cradock announces the release of his third solo album, Travel Wild – Travel Free, on Monday the 30 September through Proper Records. A founding member of the iconic Britpop band Ocean Colour Scene and guitarist for Paul Weller since 1992, the Solihull native has long been regarded as one of Britain’s most talented musicians and a part of the country’s musical heritage. The affection and knowledge for his craft amassed over the years are truly tangible on the...

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Rock Media: Joseph Arthur. Ballad of Boogie Christ.

For every song he’s released, Joseph Arthur has probably kept three others in the vault for safekeeping, and it was amid this abundance of riches that he began moulding a collection of music under a single narrative thread – The Ballad of Boogie Christ. Encompassing sessions put to tape in upstate New York, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Arthur’s own Brooklyn studio, the 24-song double album showcases his signature rich storytelling set to a diverse range of rock’n’roll. “The Ballad of Boogie Christ is unlike anything I’ve ever done before. It’s a big production featuring horns and brass and living...

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Rock Media: The Allman Brothers Band. Brothers & Sisters.

Deluxe 2-CD and 4-CD Sets to include previously-unreleased rehearsals, jams, outtakes and live September 1973 recordings from Winterland. When the Allman Brothers Band’s fifth album, Brothers and Sisters, was released on Capricorn Records in August 1973, the legendary southern blues-rock group had already achieved world-wide fame with their 1971 live album, At Fillmore East. This success was followed by the tragic loss of their founder, leader and musical visionary, guitarist Duane Allman, who died in a motorcycle crash on October 29, 1971. Arguably at the peak of their popularity, the band’s album followed the release of the two-disc Eat...

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Review: Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa. Seesaw.

Bop! ‘You have a cute way of flirting, makes me feel so good’ punches in the opening track “Them There Eyes”, encompassing swinging big band sounds which will be something of a listening revolution for core Joe Bonamassa fans. From the first note of “Seesaw” fronted by Beth Hart’s vocals, the album breaks from tradition, taking the listener on a challenging life journey, visiting every emotion and culminating with a harsh death by hanging. The aptly named new album opens vaults of classic Blues, Folk & Soul classics all originally made famous by other American artists going as far...

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Rock Media: Record Store Day. A Success.

Final results from Record Store Day 2013 held on Saturday April 20 show sales through indie stores reached a new high for the annual event. Record Store Day singles sales were up around 20% and albums sales up a significant 60% on 2012’s already record-breaking total. Eight of the Top 10 Vinyl Albums this week were Record Store Day exclusives, according to the Official Charts Company. Shops have reported the average spend of each customer was around £45, with some spending hundreds of pounds on special limited editions. The day was marked by a massive turnout of music fans...

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Spin Doctors. If The River Was Whiskey.

For hundreds of years folks have found ways to produce their own whiskey. In the Great Depression, when grain prices were at rock bottom, the Moonshine Whiskey Rebellion became a way for homesteaders to turn excess corn into quick cash. Federal taxes on whiskey were enforced by revenuers sent to prosecute unlawful distilling. Moonshiners operated along river banks to tap off free water generating 20 feet pipes connecting to their copper stills that would be hidden in the undergrowth, to avoid detection. Should the stilling process backfire and it often did, alcohol would blow back out the feed pipe...

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Sounds: London Grammar. Wasting My Young Years.

[soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/88299044″ params=”” width=” 100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /] London Grammar are Hannah Reid, Dot Major and Dan Rothman who formed the band while at university together. After being holed up in the studio for most of 2012 working on their debut album, London Grammar dropped their first offering ‘Hey Now’ on their Soundcloud in December which has almost 370,000 plays to date. The song garnered up a huge word of mouth buzz online and strong support at radio with plays from the likes of Zane Lowe (Next Hype), Phil Taggart & Alice Levine (ROTW), Huw Stephens, Rob Da Bank,...

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Rock Media: Paul Weller. Record Store Day.

Paul Weller is excited to announce that he will be performing at the Rough Trade East store in E1 as part of the Record Store Day celebrations on Saturday April 20th at 8pm. This comes on the same day as Paul releases two brand new tracks – ‘Flame-Out!’ and ‘The Olde Original’ – as a double a-side single, also as part of Record Store Day. Check out the original Virgin Records Logo designed by the legendary artist and album cover wizard Roger Dean. This will be a fantastic chance to get up close and personal with the Modfather himself....

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Rock Media: Record Store Day

With just 7 days to go until Record Store day 2013, a look at this year’s product listings show that the day is becoming even more diverse as more and more types of artist embrace the UK’s independent record shop scene. Record Store Day has always prided itself on producing unique products to celebrate the joys of independent record shops and 2013 is no different. This year Record Store Day is not only bringing you an even bigger range of limited edition vinyl releases from some of the biggest musical acts in the World, we also have other products...

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Sounds: Say Lou Lou. Julian.

[soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/87147842″ params=”” width=” 100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /] Imminent to the release of their brand new video for second single Julian, Say Lou Lou have released a fantastic remix by the ever talented Monsieur Adi, turning the floaty, romantic original into a true French House dance floor-filler. Having previously worked with Lana Del Rey, Bastille, Swiss Lips & Laura Mvula, the Paris based Monsieur Adi is in fantastic demand and does not disappoint when working his magic on Say Lou Lou’s soon to be classic. While they continue working on their debut album, the Australian/Swedish twins have created their...

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Review: Gordon Giltrap & Oliver Wakeman. Ravens & Lullabies.

Austere times are prevailing, repeating from one generation to another. The same battles between workers, owners, unions and management, re-occur in a consistent way ever since factory production began. ‘It’s all about money, money, moneyfacturing.’ This last word is created by Oliver Wakeman, one of the son’s of Rick and he is credited for all of the lyric writing on “Ravens and Lullabies” which is collaboration between Oliver and Gordon Giltrap. Giltrap gives full control to Wakeman on the lyric writing, which focuses on the modern issues of society, now more prevalent than ever with the passing of a...

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Review: Todd Rundgren. State.

From the moment a friend showed me the gate-fold sleeve of “Something/Anything” I have been a Todd Rundgren follower. It is not always an easy journey, one moment a box of delights the next a Pandora’s box of annoyingly inane musical frustration. That is all part of the fun in Todd’s weird and wacky world. I don’t think I have ever listened to a Todd Rundgren release and liked all of the songs immediately. Some of those albums that at first I struggled with; “Initiation” “Hermit”, “Liars”, “The Individualist” and “Faithful” have become real favourites because I felt as...

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Review: Sanguine Hum. The Weight Of The World.

Their sound has been described as Radio Head meets Porcupine Tree but they have also have vocal homage to Jonas Bjerre from Mew and Green Gartside (Scritti Poliiti) and guitar riffs that would not shame Steve Hillage. Sanguine Hum from Oxforshire have followed up their debut album Diving Bell with a twisting and turning record that encompasses all that is good in new rock music. The opening track “From The Ground Up” sets the tone for a searing, quirky and modern progressive record. Plenty of key changes, triplets and quadruplets draw from the modern classical of Reich and Adams...

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Review: Eric Johnson. Up Close-Another Look.

April 1st is globally known as April Fool’s Day, when practical jokes and hoaxes are played on friends, the story line behind the bluff sets up a stage for pranks and merriment. Consequently it is with brave commitment that Eric Johnson chooses this day as his release date for his latest album “Up Close – Another Look”, which features guest appearances from Steve Miller, Jimmie Vaughan Johnny Lang and Sonny Landreth. EJ’s sixth studio release, within an 8 year span since 2005, comprises 12 compositions (plus one live bonus track), which were originally released in the US in 2010...

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Rock Media: George Harrison Stream

George Harrison Official YouTube Launches Today with Concert For George 24 Hour Streaming Event Join us today in celebrating the life and music of George Harrison by watching the Concert For George documentary film. WATCH NOW (The 24-hour event begins November 29 at 7am PST ) A free 24-hour stream of the Concert For George documentary film marks the concert’s 10th Anniversary, when Olivia Harrison and Eric Clapton gathered with George’s closest friends at London’s Royal Albert Hall to celebrate his life the only way they knew how – by playing his music We are also pleased to announce the launch of the Official George Harrison YouTube Channel to coincide with the streaming event. The channel will offer original promo videos, EPKs and other George Harrison footage in high quality. Many thanks, georgeharrison.com Follow us on Facebook & Twitter Tweet Share +1 Pin Share...

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Rock Media: Thin Lizzy Farewell!?

After a very successful 2 year run with the current line up. Thin Lizzy have made a decision to not release a new album under the Thin Lizzy name. Scott Gorham “Out of respect to Phil Lynott and the legacy he created, we have decided that we should not release a new album under the Thin Lizzy name. It was a very difficult decision as we put a lot of time and effort into re-building the Thin Lizzy brand over recent years.  Releasing a new album was the only way to continue this success. We all know how much...

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Review: Ry Cooder. Election Special

I have listened to this ten times and on each hearing it gets a little better. Tracks I did not like at first become essential in the make up of the album and songs like Brother is Gone get better and better. On his most recent albums his guitar playing has been blended in with other instruments that have been well used over the years in many of his records from Flaco Jimenez accordion, Juliette Commagere keyboards, Terry Evans background vocals and Jim Keltner on drums. On Election Special his guitar is to the fore totally stripped bare and...

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All Quiet Now: Scott McKenzie

Scott McKenzie, who sang the 1960s hit San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair), has died aged 73. The singer was a close friend of Mamas and Papas star John Phillips, who wrote and produced the San Francisco track. Released in May 1967, it became a global hit and an anthem for the 1960s counterculture movement. “I am amazed at how San Francisco continues even now to evoke dreams in the hearts and minds of people all over the world,” McKenzie wrote in 2002. He was found by a neighbour in his home on Sunday afternoon. His death was confirmed by another neighbour, Victoria Byers. She told the BBC he had been in and out of hospital recently after falling ill with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a disease affecting the nervous system. “I think he had a heart attack this most recent time. He was in the hospital,” she said. “They did not want him to leave the hospital, but he wanted to be in his house [when he died]”. Born Philip Wallach Blondheim in January 1939, the singer, songwriter and guitarist grew up in North Carolina where he lived with his grandparents while his widowed mother worked in Washington DC. As a teenager, he met Phillips and formed a doowop band called The Abstracts. The band moved to New York and became The Smoothies, where they played...

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Review: The Prog Collective

In the Hinduism grand scheme of things, Mahavishnu is an aspect of Vishnu, the Absolute which is beyond human comprehension and is beyond all attributes. The Hindu term of Mahavishnu is the “Supersoul” of all living beings in all material universes, so then, a jolly good starting point for a musical journey initiated by Billy Sherwood entitled “The Prog Collective.” The collective fields some of the greatest names in progressive rock history all in one album with guest artists from Yes, King Crimson, Asia, Gong, Alan Parsons Project, Gentle Giant, Porcupine Tree and XTC. There is also a neat...

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Rock Media: Record Store Chart

US rock group Alabama Shakes have topped the first ever Official Record Store Chart. Their album, Boys And Girls, beat competition from Adele, Trembling Bells and Graham Coxon to take the top spot. The chart, which reflects sales at the UK’s independent record shops, has been launched to coincide with International Record Store Day on Saturday. DJ Steve Lamacq announced the top 10 on BBC 6 Music. Seven of the records were released on independent labels. By contrast, only one album in the mainstream top 10 is not on a major label – and that is Alabama Shakes’ Boys And Girls. Led by singer and guitarist Britanny Howard, the four-piece are signed to London-based Rough Trade Records. Label boss Geoff Travis said the number one made him “very proud”. “Alabama Shakes deserve every accolade and success that may come their way. They do it right.” RECORD STORE CHART 1) Alabama Shakes – Boys and Girls 2) Adele – 21 3) Trembling Bells – The Marble Downs 4) Graham Coxon – A&E 5) M Ward – A Wasteland Companion 6) Lana Del Rey – Born To Die 7) Sun – Death 8) Black Keys – El Camino 9) Dr John – Locked Down 10) Shins – Port Of Morrow Appropriately, given the nature of the chart, Rough Trade Records started as an off-shoot of the Rough Trade record store in...

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Rock Media: SQUACKETT. Chris Squire & Steve Hackett

Esoteric Antenna are pleased to announce the release of the hugely anticipated album by SQUACKETT, the collaborative project between two legends of Progressive Rock, Chris Squire and Steve Hackett. With progressive rock (in its many forms) now seemingly more popular than ever a collaboration from members of two the the godfathers of the genre is hugely exciting. Chris Squire has appeared on every YES album and is widely regarded as one of the most influential bass guitarists of all time. Now an established solo artist, Steve Hackett first came to prominence as the guitarist with Genesis. He was in...

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All Quiet Now: Billie Jo Spears

Country singer Billie Jo Spears, best known for her 1975 hit Blanket on the Ground, has died at the age of 74. The singer, who had 25 Top 40 country hits between 1969 and 1984, died at her home in Vidor, Texas on Wednesday, according to reports. Famed for her bluesy vocals, Spears had her first chart hit with Mr. Walker, It’s All Over. Her other Top 10 hits included What I’ve Got in Mind, Misty Blue and If You Want Me. Though her popularity waned in the 1980s Spears continued to tour, despite having triple bypass heart surgery in 1993. The Texan star had been scheduled to make a number of UK appearances next May as part of a touring show entitled Ladies of Country. +1 Pin Share Tweet Share...

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Kurt Sanderling

German Conductor Kurt Sanderling, who fled Nazi Germany for Moscow in 1936, has died in Berlin at the age of 98. His son Stefan said he “fell asleep peacefully surrounded by his family”. After years as a top conductor in the Soviet Union, Sanderling returned to Germany, leading the Berlin Symphony Orchestra from 1960 to 1977. London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, for which Sanderling had been conductor emeritus since 1996, praised him as “a giant among conductors”. Sanderling, who was particularly celebrated for his readings of symphonies by his friend Shostakovich, died on Saturday, two days short of his 99th birthday. Upon his arrival in Moscow, he worked with the city’s radio symphony orchestra before becoming joint principal conductor of the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra from 1942 to 1960. Sanderling once said the Soviet Union had “saved me from the Holocaust” and had enabled his “extraordinary career”. After returning to East Germany, he was also chief conductor with the Dresden Staatskapelle from 1964 to 1967. He toured extensively and in 1972, conducted London’s Philharmonia Orchestra for the first time, taking over from Otto Klemperer. That was the beginning of a long-lasting relationship with the Philharmonia which culminated in his appointment as conductor emeritus in 1996. Chairman and joint principal trumpet of the Philharmonia, Alistair Mackie, said Sanderling’s knowledge was “brought to bear on his music-making with an intense but often humorous focus”....

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Manuel Galban

Buena Vista Social Club guitarist Manuel Galban has died in Havana after suffering a heart attack aged 80. The Grammy Award-winning musician first found fame as part of the popular Los Zafiros group in the 1960s. But it was his part in the group of elderly musicians brought together in 1996 that brought him international recognition. Galban’s manager said it was “a very sad day for Cuban music and fans of Cuban music”. “Galban’s enormous impact worldwide with his unique guitar sound and warm smile will be missed by many,” he said in a statement. Born in 1931 in...

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Festival: Glastonbury 2016: Extended Line-up Released
Festival: Glastonbury 2016: Extended Line-up Released
Published On: March 29, 2016
Following the slow release of headline act names over the last month or so, an extended line-up for this year's Glastonbury Festival has been announced today. So for those signing the petition against Coldplay headlining Glastonbury’s famous Pyramid Stage for a historic fourth time, questioning the superstar appeal of Adele on Saturday night or unaware of the genius that is Continue Reading

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